The AIA UK Student Charette returned for its ninth edition on Saturday 19th October. The one-day design competition aimed at students in the UK was hosted by the Roca London Gallery and supported by Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen. The UK Chapter of the AIA (The American Institute of Architects) revealed that the winner of this year’s competition is the project titled, The Three Pavilions.
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Roca London Gallery is the perfect setting for a prestigious competition such as the AIA Student Charette. Opened in October 2011, the space has been cleverly designed to create a unique and innovative statement; well-suited to host an event seeking to cultivate emerging talent.
The event took place on Saturday 19th October and was open to all students enrolled on an architecture or interior design degree within the UK. Students from a selection of prestigious universities across the country, worked in teams of 4-5 to respond to the design challenge set by the AIA.
This year the expert judging panel, tasked with the difficulty of judging the talented and innovative designs consisted of; Ali Abbas, an architect at Stanton Williams, Andrew Morris, who has completed two RIBA National Award winning projects, Yasmin Khan Osborne, a recent Cambridge graduate working at Rodic Davidson Architects and Amrita Raja, who is the current President of the AIA UK Chapter.
The brief for this year’s competition focused on “From Space to Palace: Reimagining Station Court” before its recent redevelopment. Students were asked to speculate on the space struggling to find an identity that can serve the needs of the community and other Londoners visiting the area.
Students had just six hours to work on their projects, before presenting their CAD-free designs to the panel.
This year, a group of students from The University of Westminster were announced as the winner of this year’s challenge for their innovative project titled, ‘The Three Pavilions’. The project triumphed due to its ability to bring together everyone using the space, with a large emphasis on creating an architectural language between their three areas; a food court, riverside platform and a child friendly area, including a trampoline and skate park. The circularity of the design was a key feature in providing a safe space for the community and was inspired by the historic Fulham Gasholders and ballooning at the Hurlingham Club.
Laufen Marketing Manager, Emma Mottram commented;
“Laufen is proud to support young and emerging talent within the design community and we are delighted to be involved again this year and to contribute to the continued success of the AIA competition.”